Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
61Trip End Jun 09, 2010
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So anyway, the hostel was not kind to our buget at a whopping $34 per night, but it seems that is the going rate in LA and we just sucked it up. It was nice place though and we were pleased to find out there was a comedy night on in the hostel bar that night and we enjoyed a few cheapish beers and the comedians were actually pretty good - considering it was free!
The next day after our all you can eat pancake breakfast, we signed up for the hostel´s walking tour of Beverly Hills. "See all the stars homes for one third of the price of the bus tours" we were told. and so $12 dollars later we were off, covered in suncream ready to see some celebs.
After the tour we decided to get the bus to Santa Monica and stay in a Hostel there for a few days. It took 45 mins to get the bus from Hollwood to Santa monica though - like I said LA is massive! The hostel was another expensive one, but best we have stayed in yet. We walked along Santa Monica Beachfront which was very nice and what you might expect of LA, and along Sant Monica Pier which is full of shops restaurants and cute fairground rides.
One day we decided to be sociable and took a trip to Malibu with people from the hostel - it was free so why not hey! Malibu is supposedly where some of the big stars live when they are in LA so we looked forward to some more celeb spotting. Malibu beach was disappointing, but mainly cos the weather was pretty poor at the time.
After a few days at the beach we headed back to Hollywood, and booked ourselves on a tour of the Warner Brothers Studios where they make a hell of a lot of TV programmes and Films. We got to see costumes worn by stars in several blockbusters including Heath Ledger´s Joker costume f& Christian Bale´s Batman costume from the Dark Knight, lots of costumes from the Matrix, Million Dollar Baby and lots more. Very interesting to see how small and how big the actors/actresses are...skinny bitches!
The hilight of the tour for us was getting to visit what remains of the Friends set. Its only Central Perk but we were delighted to pose of the sofa for photos and just imagine what it would have been like to see a show beeing filmed.
The next day, we thought "when in Rome..." and so went to see a TV sitcom being filmed. (We nearly missed it however thanks to two bus drivers giving us incorrect directions and taking us to the wrong bloody studios despite me showing them a map!) The show is called "Rita Rocks" and is a sitcom based on this woman called Rita who is your typical wife andmother, but also plays in a band and they practice in her garage! It was quite funny actually but it took about 5 hours as they kept having to retake for various reasons. There is a compare/comedian guy there theough keeping the audience entertained - and we got a muffin and bottle of water and it was all free so you cant complain can ya!
For our last day in LA we acted like true tourists and went to the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to see the imprints of celebrities hands and feet.
The next thing on the tourist checklist was to see the Hollywood sign, and although you cant actually get right up close to it, you can get reasonable close if you hike up a small hill and so thats what we did!
So, after killing a lot of time it was finally time to go to the airport and we checked in for our flight to Panama, apprehensive about what the journey south was to bring!...